Microsoft CityNext: Reimagining the future of business with Kent County Council

“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.”  — William Gibson, author We know the next few years will bring great changes to the workplace. Technology is poised to change what work looks like – and how we’ll relate to our jobs. We also know that local governments across the UK will…

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Getting responsive with no-e-mail Fridays

In the central government team at Microsoft we have been using Yammer in earnest for the last 6 months. The uptake of Yammer within the team has been mixed; some people got it immediately and others took a little longer to understand the benefits however six months on the entire team use it regularly for…

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Social Tools in the Workplace

Microsoft research released on 27th May reports that almost half of employees believe that social tools used in the workplace aid their productivity but interestingly, more than 30 percent of companies underestimate the value of these tools and therefore place restrictions upon their use by employees. For the public sector, this also affects how government…

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Public Sector Windows 8 Apps eBook

Over the past few weeks we have been compiling eight great public sector apps which can be found in the Windows 8/Windows Phone app store. The result is this handy guide which features details about each app, screenshots and information about our involved Partners. Featured in the Windows 8 app eBook are the following apps: Love…

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UK GovCamp 2013 - a selection of highlights

Today we attended UK GovCamp 2013 – the yearly unconference where attendees get to pitch the agenda for the day. The lively conference kicks off in the morning with around 300 people introducing themselves and offering their ideas for the day’s sessions. It may sound messy, but it really works and creates a dynamic and diverse day. …

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Inspire your IT pros at our new, free creative space!

During this current period of huge change and added financial pressures, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Government organisations are in a growth lock down. But, as many of us know, this adversity has seemed to fuel a fresh wave of IT innovation – fuelled by elements such as the cloud and social media. Really…

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Craig Thomler of Delib Australia on Gov 2.0, Open Gov & Social Media

Today, we have bring you a really interesting interview from the other side of the world but we feel it’s just as relevant to our UK audience. Our Worldwide Government Marketing Manager, Michele Bedford-Thistle, interviews a leading light in innovation from the Australian public sector… Having worked in the online industry since 1995, Craig Thomler is a veteran…

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Heads in the cloud - Are we relying on online storage too much?

Like many of us this summer, I will be heading off on holiday soon. When I get back I will probably be posting many of my snaps on to a social platform to store and to share with friends – again, I’m sure many of you will be doing the same. While I always try…

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Dear Government: Do you have an app for that?

If you’re like me, the thought of being away from your smartphone, even for a day, creates a sense of anxiety. These days, I’m checking email, paying bills, managing schedules, and navigating on road trips — all from my smart phone. It’s become indispensable. As smartphones become more central to our everyday lives, more people…

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A flood of praise for the new FloodAlerts Facebook application

The fight to warn areas of the UK about flooding has stepped up a gear by the introduction of a new Facebook application from the Environment Agency. Powered by the Bing Maps platform and developed by Microsoft partner Shoothill, FloodAlerts is built on official flood warning data. This allows the Bing map to show areas…

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